May 23, 2024
Razer Blade 14

The company Razer is most recognized for its gaming accessories. Razer gaming laptops are either very difficult to obtain or completely unavailable in India, although some of its products, such as gaming mice and headphones, are readily available. However, I’ve managed to obtain the Razer Blade 14, which is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS octa-core processor. We are grateful to AMD India for providing us with this gaming laptop for testing.

Since this isn’t our typical review, I’m concentrating on how well this laptop can handle workloads related to video editing, gaming, and work. Additionally, I have contrasted the outcomes with those of a few of its rivals, such as the Dell Alienware X14 R2 and HP OMEN Transcend 16 (review). It’s important to note that you have the option to have the Razer Blade 14 shipped to India if you decide it meets your needs. It is priced at $2,799 (approximately Rs 2.33 lakh) worldwide.

Rating: 8 / 10

Design

One of those devices that is “built like a tank” is the Razer Blade 14. This 14-inch laptop’s chassis is composed entirely of aluminum, and every panel—including the keyboard area, bottom panel, and top lid—is robustly constructed with little to no flex. Additionally, the top lid has a centrally located Razer logo that is backlit in a vivid neon green color and controlled by the Razer Synapse software. However, the metal body may require frequent cleaning due to the attraction of fingerprint smudges.

Interestingly, the Blade 14 is also one of the most stylish gaming laptops available. Even though the charger weighs an extra 2.6 kg on top of the 1.85 kg weight, the device is incredibly portable. For those looking for power in a portable package, its elegant design (17.99mm thin) makes it an appealing option. Later, more on that.

Regarding the I/O ports, this 14-inch laptop provides a decent assortment. An audio combo jack, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A port, a USB 4 Type-C port with 100W PD charging and DisplayPort 1.4 support (Nvidia GPU), and the DC input are located on the left side.

Display

The Razer Blade 14’s 14-inch display is really amazing. It has a tall 16:10 IPS screen with 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution. In our display test, the panel’s average peak brightness of 550 nits demonstrated its exceptional brightness. Furthermore, this laptop’s color accuracy is almost flawless, covering nearly 100% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts. This makes it a great option for both photo and video editing.

Additionally, the Blade 14 has an amazing 240Hz refresh rate, which makes it a good option for gaming at high refresh rates. Additionally, there isn’t any backlight bleed, which enhances the overall vivid and excellent visual experience.

Trackpad and keyboard

The Blade 14 has keyboard backlighting that easily outperforms the majority of laptops made today. It has a membrane keyboard with ten keys that is keyless and has a single LED backlight that looks vibrant and can even function as a wave-like sound equalizer. The latter uses the backlight to graphically display the audio’s highs and lows.

This keyboard is just as comfortable to type on, though I would have rather had a fingerprint scanner.

On the other hand, the large-sized trackpad provides an excellent user experience, supporting all Windows gestures and providing accurate clicks.

Performance and battery

As previously indicated, the Blade 14 I’m testing is powered by AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 7940HS octa-core processor, which is further combined with 1TB of Gen4 NVMe SSD and 16GB of dual-channel DDR5 RAM (clocked at 5600MHz). An 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 with 140W of TGP is in charge of the graphics in this instance. You can view the results in terms of benchmarks below.

You can see that the Blade 14 can perform as well as or better than the 14-inch Alienware in the charts above, matching or surpassing the larger OMEN. A portion of the recognition is due to the hardware choice, and the remaining portion is due to the effective cooling system—even in a chassis this small. The Razer Blade 14, for example, maintains a relatively cool temperature at 26 degrees Celsius. The GPU temperature was consistently below 88 degrees Celsius and the CPU temperature peaked at 97 degrees during 40 minutes of maximum RDR2 play. The charger was plugged in, the fan speed was set to maximum, and the performance mode was set to boost when these numbers were taken.

Gaming

Here are some additional statistics for serious gamers, as this is a high-end gaming laptop. Any game you throw at the Blade 14 at Ultra settings, it can handle it. These are a few of the games’ average framerates that I played at Ultra settings.

In light of its form factor, the outcomes are quite decent. Actually, this laptop’s 1-percent lows were also extremely strong. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 has been fully utilized by Razer, allowing it to provide the fast 240Hz QHD+ panel with all of its capabilities.

Verdict

Undoubtedly, the Razer Blade 14 is among the most powerful laptops available for purchase, with its capabilities being beyond dispute. If you’re wondering if it’s worthwhile, the answer is definitely yes.

With outstanding performance in gaming, productivity, security, expandability, RGB, and battery life, the Blade 14 is unquestionably a portable powerhouse. It also shines like a brilliant diamond, despite the fact that its black aluminum chassis is prone to getting fingerprints all over it. It isn’t officially available in India, as was previously mentioned. All I can say is that you won’t be sorry if you are able to obtain this laptop.

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